A few weeks ago I went to shoot at a friends house out in the boonies. I handed her my 9mm to hear what it sounded like without ear protection. At 40-50 feet away she fired one round into the target. Even at that distance, the shot was extremely loud. I wouldn't have wanted to be any closer. This experience got me thinking that if I ever needed to use a gun inside the home in self-defense, permanent deafness, hearing loss, or an increase in the minimal tinnitus I already have are great possibilities. I've debated keeping hearing protection next to the firearm, but am concerned that in an adrenaline fueled life-and-death moment, fumbling with that instead of working the cellphone & firearm is not in my best interest or capability. So I'm thinking about picking up two suppressors for .45 for me and the wife. SilencerCo writes this about their suppressors: "SilencerCo silencers lower the sound signature of your firearm to the point where it is safe and comfortable to the ear to shoot without the need of hearing protection, making your shooting experience safer and more enjoyable." How accurate is that statement? Does anyone have any experience shooting 9mm or .45 suppressed with or without hearing protection?